Stephen Curry ‘will miss a few weeks’ with a shoulder injury after a collision in the Golden State Warriors’ loss to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday
The reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors will be without Stephen Curry for “a few weeks” while he recovers from a shoulder injury, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The team made the announcement Thursday after the reigning Finals MVP was injured in a loss to the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.
Curry scored 27 of his 38 points in the first half, but left with 2:04 left in the third while holding his left shoulder. He had collided with the Pacers’ Jalen Smith just moments earlier.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) clutches his shoulder after being injured Thursday
Curry was injured with about two minutes left in the third quarter as the Warriors tried to rally from a 20-point halftime deficit. His three-point play with 4:16 left in the third got Golden State within 83-80.
But as Pacers forward Jalen Smith dribbled toward the baseline, Curry tried to stop him by sticking out his left arm. Smith continued, and Curry’s arm bent back awkwardly. Curry grabbed his shoulder as he stood bent over on the court and then went to the locker room during the next timeout.
“The coaches told me midway through the fourth quarter that he wasn’t going to come back,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “I trust your judgment. I only talked to him shortly after the game, so I haven’t had a chance to talk to him yet.
Curry didn’t take questions after scoring 38 points, making five 3s and all 11 of his free throws. He is not expected to speak to reporters again until Friday, when the defending NBA champions visit Philadelphia for the third stop of a six-game road trip.
He appeared in a lot of pain and it was later revealed that he is set for an MRI scan on Friday
All-Star guard Klay Thompson (pictured) missed his second straight game with a right knee injury, and Andrew Wiggins sat out Wednesday with an abdominal injury
The Warriors have already lost their first two games on their longest Eastern swing of the season. Now they could be without their best player as they try to climb back above .500.
“This is a tough stretch of the season and if Steph is out, it’s going to be tougher for sure,” Kerr said. “If we’re healthy, I feel like we can beat anybody – I think this team has proven that. We just have to find a way to get there.
Curry was his usual sensational self while in the game. He accounted for half of the Warriors’ 54 points in the first half and finished with seven rebounds, seven assists and two steals.
All-Star guard Klay Thompson missed his second straight game with a right knee injury, and Andrew Wiggins sat out with an abdominal injury. Then in the fourth quarter, forward Draymond Green was ejected after picking up two technical fouls in a span of 14 seconds.
Because of Curry, the Warriors still had a chance.
“He basically put us on his shoulders the minutes he was out there,” Kerr said. “He got to the line, found other people, and I thought the guys did a great job of battling.”
But if Curry misses any significant time, the Warriors won’t be the same.
“Steph is always a guy with a good outlook on life,” Kerr said. “So we hope for the best.”